Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s Dominance Has Led to a Negative Impact on Tennis, Says Tennis Player

Published 10/21/2021, 2:33 PM EDT
MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 05: Tennis players including Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams arrive on court to observe a moment of silence for Brad Drewett during day two of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 5, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. He was a former tour player who led the ATP as executive chairman and president since January 2012, died Friday after a battle with motor neurone disease. He was 54. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are undoubtedly the three greatest players of all time in the history of tennis. Even though it is tough to pick any one since they now have equal number of Grand Slams, no one can deny that each one of them has inspired millions of youngsters.

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One can have a look at the dominance of the ‘Big Three’ by the fact that in the last decade, they have won more than 90% of the Grand Slam titles. This type of hegemony in any sport is a rare sight to watch.

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Teymuraz Gabashvili reveals why no other player could come near Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, or Novak Djokovic

In a recent interview to Puntobreak.com, Russian tennis player, Teymuraz Gabashvili, mentioned that both the ATP and the ITF failed to promote players and thus, no one could match the levels of Federer, Nadal, or Djokovic. It appears that he quite clearly unhappy with such kind of dominance and feels that it has had an adverse effect on the sport as well.

Roger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands at the net after his straight sets victory against Rafael Nadal of Spain. Day ten of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 15, 2017 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“The problem with always winning the same is that it becomes more complicated to promote others, almost impossible. ATP tried it in many ways, but this, also an ITF job, is more the fault of the ITF and its way of governing the Federations and Grand Slams,” said Gabashvili in the interview.

He specifically targeted ITF and highlighted that the body needs to encourage other players since it is the organization that manages the Grand Slams- the biggest sporting tournaments in tennis.

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Gabashvili believes that ATP is still giving ample amount of opportunities to the players

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In the same interview, the Russian stated that even though the ATP is trying its best to prevent the dominance of the ‘Big Three’ by giving other players ample amount of other tournaments to perform, it is the Grand Slams and the Davis Cup that matter in the end.

Novak Djokovic shakes hands with Roger Federer at the net following victory in his Men’s Singles final. Day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

“ATP is only entitled in its tournaments, they tried to give the maximum, but what sells the most are the Grand Slam and the Davis Cup,” added the 36-year-old.

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As of now, while both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have ended their 2021 season, Novak Djokovic is expected to feature at three tournaments in the remaining part of the season. Will he be able to end the year as the World No.1 player?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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